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Saturday, April 21

O Drakos at Spectacle

What’s Showing Today? Saturday, April 21
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Featured Screening: O Drakos at Spectacle

Spectacle‘s World of Darkness International noir series continues tonight with O Drakos (“The Dragon,” also known as The Fiend of Athens), one of my own picks for the lineup. It runs tonight at 7:30 pm and is followed at 9:30 by Cairo Station, from Alexandria, Egypt.

O Drakos is routinely cited as a candidate for the greatest Greek film ever made—and at that, its relative obscurity makes a strong case for Greece a a criminally under-appreciated national cinema ripe for rediscovery. The film features a mild-mannered stool pigeon type whose life spins out of control when the Athens newspaper publishes an image of a notorious serial killer that strikingly bears his likeness. With the entire city on the alert, he’s vaulted into the center of a hysterical manhunt and seeks asylum in an speakeasy-style nightclub that doubles as the hub of the Athens underworld. The regulars mistake him for the killer, too—and revere him as a folk hero. There paranoid sensibilities of Fritz Lang and Carol Reed are at work, but in its cool pacing, gritty location photography and debt to American crime pictures O Drakos anticipates the work of Jean-Pierre Melville and the French New Wave. Sometimes the work at Spectacle falls into the category of flawed gems—but this is an undeniable masterpiece.

Ditto Cairo Station, an unsettling tale of an obsessive, perverse newspaper salesman. Released 1958, it’s notable for anticipating tone, themes and stylistic devices of Peeping Tom and Psycho. Next month Spectacle spotlights director Youssef Chahine‘s semi-autobiographical Alexandria Trilogy.

Also Noted

It may be a little late to point out, but today’s a great one for epic durational viewing. At 180 minutes, Rooftop Films‘ 7:00 pm screening of the original, David Attenborough-narrated Planet Earth series seems paltry in comparison to Light Industry‘s 312-minute showing of Jean-Luc Godard & Anne-Marie Miéville‘s France/Tour/Detour/Two/Children and Exit Art‘s presentation of the 645 minute epic Evolution of a Philipino Family—best as I can figure, the longest non-episodic theatrical narrative feature ever made. The Whitney also offers a chance to view the entirety of George Kuchar‘s Weather Diaries.

Today

Havana Film Festival New York
Full Listings

Tribeca Film Festival
Full Listings

Basic Cable Classics at 92YTribeca
Series Details

  • F/X (Robert Mandel). Details. 35mm. 1986. 109 min. 7:00 pm.
  • Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (Guy Hamilton). Details. 35mm. 1985. 121 min. 9:30 pm.

Show & Tell at Anthology Film Archives
Series Details

  • Cecilia Dougherty Program 2Details. Video. 1987-2009. 75 min. 4:30 pm.
  • Cecilia Dougherty Program 3. Details. Video. 1992-2011. 80 min. 8:00 pm.

Disappearing Act IV at Bohemian National Hall
Festival Details • All shows FREE

  • The Little Room (Stephanie Chuat & Veronique Reymond). 2010. 3:30 pm.
  • Wasted Youth (Argyris Papadimitropoulos & Jan Vogel). Q&A with Papadimitropoulos. 2001. 5:30 pm.
  • Involuntary (Ruben Ostlund). 2008. 8:00 pm.

Images from the Edge: Classic & Contemporary Icelandic Cinema at Film Society of Lincoln Center
Series Details

  • Between Mountain and Shore (Loftur Gudmundsson). Details. 1949. 91 min. 1:30 pm.
  • Noi the Albino (Dagur Kári). Details. 35mm. 2003. 83 min. 3:45 pm.
  • When the Raven Flies (Hrafn Gunnlaugsson). Details. DCP. 1984. 110 min. 6:15 pm.
  • Rock in Reykjavik (Friðrik Thór Friðriksson). Details. DCP. 1982. 83 min. 9:00 pm.

Junichi Suzuki at Japan Society

  • 422—Live with Honor, Die with Dignity (Junichi Suzuki). Details. 2010. 97 min. 11:00 am & 4:20 pm.
  • MIS—Human Secret Weapon (Junichi Suzuki). Details. 2012. 100 min. 1:40 & 7:00 pm.

Contemporary Galleries: 1980-Now at MoMA
Series Details

  • Jane and Tortured Dust (Part 3 & 4) (Stan Brakhage). Details. 1984/1985. 31 min. 3:00 pm.

Mezhrabpom: The Red Dream Factory at MoMA
Series Details

  •  A Kiss for Mary Pickford (Sergie Komarov) with One of Many (Nikolai Khodatayev). Details. Musical accompaniment and live translation. 1927. 90 min. 5:00 pm.
  • The Golden Lake (Vladimir Shneiderov). Details. 1935. 83 min. 7:30 pm.

Argentos: il cinema nel sangue at Museum of Arts and Design
Series Details

  • Mother of Tears (Dario Argento). Details. 35mm. 2007. 102 min. 7:00 pm.

Michael Glawogger at Museum of the Moving Image
Series Details

  • Working Man’s DeathDetails. Glawogger in attendance. 2011. 119 min. 2:00 pm.

World of Darkness at Spectacle
Series Details

  • O Drakos (Nikos Koundouros). Details. Digital. 1956. 103 min. 7:30 pm.
  • Cairo Station (Youssef Chahine). Details. Digital. 1958. 77 min. 9:30 pm.

Whitney Biennial 2012 at The Whitney Museum
Series Details • Through May 27

  • George Kuchar’s Weather Diaries Program 1Details. 1977/1986. 90 min. 11:30 am.
  • George Kuchar’s Weather Diaries Program 2Details. 1998/1989. 64 min. 1:30 pm.
  • George Kuchar’s Weather Diaries Program 3Details. 1990-1999. 82 min. 3:00 pm.
  • George Kuchar’s Weather Diaries Program 4Details. 2000-2011. 70 min. 4:30 pm.
  • Charles Atlas in ResidenceDetails. 11:00 am to 3:45 pm.
Icon Eye at Anthology Film Archives. Details. Video. 2012. 57 min. 1:00 pm.
Evolution of a Filipino Family
 (Lav Diaz) at Exit Art. Details. Includes two 15-minute intermissions and 45-minute dinner break. 2004. 645 min. 11:00 am.
Rear Window (Alfred Hitcock) at IFC CenterDetails. DCP. 1954. 112 min. 11:00 am.
Stairway to Heaven
 (Powell & Pressburger) at Invisible Dog Art Center. Details. Followed by discussion, wine and live music. 1946. 104 min. 8:00 pm.
France/Tour/Detour/Two/Children
 (Jean-Luc Godard & Anne-Marie Miéville) at Light Industry. Details. Video. 1978. 312 min. 3:00 pm.
Dazed and Confused (Richard Linklater) at NitehawkDetails. 1993. 12:15 pm.
Planet Earth
 (Vanessa Berlowitz, Mark Brownlow, Andy Byatt, Huw Cordey, Jonny Keeling & Mark Linfield) at Solar One, 2420 FDR Drive. Details/Details. Original, uncut with David Attenborough narration. 2006. 180 min. 7:00 pm.
Reportage in Balloons: The Emerging Field of Comic Journalism at UnionDocs. Comic journalists Josh Neufeld, Seth Tobocman, Matt Bors and NPR host/media analyst Brooke Gladstone in attendance for discussion lead by comic critic and curator Bill Kartalopoulos. Details. 7:30 pm.

Midnight

Wild at Heart (David Lynch) at IFC CenterDetails. 35mm. 1990. 124 min. 11:55 pm.
Showgirls (Paul Verhoeven) at IFC CenterDetails. 35mm. 1995. 128 min. 12:05 am.
Another 48 Hours
 (Walter Hill) at IFC CenterDetails. 35mm. 1990. 95 min. 12:10 am.
Penumbra (Adrián & Ramiro García Bogliano) at IFC Center. 2011. 90 min. 12:20 am.
A Nymphoid Barbarian in Dinosaur Hell (Brett Piper) at SpectacleDetails. 1991. 82 min.

Ongoing

Jean Gentil (Laura Amelia Guzmán & Israel Cárdenas) at Anthology Film ArchivesDetails. 2010. 84 min. 5:00, 7:00 and 9:00 pm.
The Devil, Probably 
(Robert Bresson) at BAMCinématekDetails. 35mm. 1977. 95 min. 2:00, 4:30, 6:50 and 9:15 pm.
Post Mortem (Pablo Larraín) at Film ForumDetails. 2010. 98 min. 1:00, 3:15, 5:40, 7:50 and 10:00 pm.
The Gang’s All Here (Busby Berkeley) at Film ForumDetails. 35mm. 1943. 103 min. 1:00, 3:10, 5:20, 7:30 and 9:40 pm.
Gerhard Richter Painting (Corinna Belz) at Film ForumDetails. 2011. 94 min. 1:00, 6:10 and 10:15 pm.
A Separation (Asghar Farhadi) at Film ForumDetails. 2011. 122 min. 3:00 and 8:00 pm.
Oki’s Movie (Hong Sang-soo) at Maysles CinemaDetails.  2010. 80 min. 7:30 pm.

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